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Guest blogger: Laura Boon

23 December 2018

Stories have been my solace and my inspiration since I learned to read. Magic lies between the covers of a novel, and I thrum with pleasure every time I pick up a new book or open one on my Kindle. For me, reading is more relaxing than meditation, more therapeutic than exercise.

I suspect that you, like me, read everything, including the back of cereal boxes and the writing on bookshop shopping bags. I have a friend who never does that. Imagine?! However, it never occurred to me that I could be a creator of magic until I saw a course on creative writing in my university elective options. Ever since taking it, I’ve dabbled with putting pen to paper, but it wasn’t until I tried writing real magic, romance, that the words started flowing. Undergoing a new life experience in immigrating to Australia also freed up my inhibitions and fears. The romance community in Australia has been so friendly and supportive and gave me additional confidence.

The summer holidays have always been a source of joy to me. Long sunny days spent reading and dipping in the pool or the sea. It is thus ironic that the action in my first romance, The Millionaire Mountain Climber, takes place in a snow-covered northern hemisphere winter at exactly the same time as we are sweltering in the Sydney heat.

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Europe in winter. I spent one New Year’s Eve in Norway with good friends. The sun came up about 9.30 am and was gone by 3.30 pm. Oslo has a ski run—a lovely easy one in the centre of town—that even I could conquer. I’ve also been skiing in Switzerland with my sister. The slopes in the Alps are far trickier, and I spent as much time dusting snow off my backside as I did ‘swanning’ down the slopes. Setting the story in France also allowed me to introduce French pastries. Yum.

Chamonix in the French Alps

My Australian heroine, Hailey Gordon, broadens her horizons by signing up for a working holiday in the French Alps. She suffers many of the same indignities that befell me on the slopes. Fortunately for her, she has an excellent teacher in the form of the delectable if confusing Matt Hanley. It was fun putting them through their paces in the snow, both on skis and in conflict with a villain who decides to kidnap Hailey in an attempt to force Matt’s hand.

Thank you to everyone who is part of the ARRA community for your friendship, support and recommendations. I look forward to spending many more hours with all of you in 2019. I wish you a Merry Christmas, and I hope you get to laugh and celebrate with family and friends as well as steal a few moments on your own to read.

Laura

You can find Laura here: Website | Facebook

Laura is giving away a paperback copy of The Millionaire Mountain Climber to one person who leaves a comment. Australian addresses only. Giveaway closes 6 January.

The Millionaire Mountain Climber

When danger threatens a bona fide city girl, an adventurer is her only hope of rescue …

Mountain climber Matt Hanley is a former investment manager whose lean body and rugged good looks epitomize an outdoor adrenaline junky. When his business partner in their country hotel is injured, he needs an efficient replacement in a hurry.

Hailey Gordon lives a chic city life free of adventures and daredevils. She craves stability and security but loses her job and boyfriend on the same day. A holiday job in France is the perfect escape from her troubles.

Sparks ignite when Matt and Hailey meet, but she resolves to ignore the flame flickering between them. Aside from the fact Matt is her boss, she is convinced he is not her type. Matt is determined to teach Hailey to look beyond appearances. He needs to show her how good they are together, even if he must risk life and limb to do so.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 23 December 2018 10:10 am

    Hi Laura

    Huge congratulations on getting to do what you love and I agree reading especially romance is a magical treat and I can highly recommend this book I loved it.
    Merry Christmas

    Have Fun
    Helen

  2. Hilary Davies permalink
    23 December 2018 9:54 am

    Hello Laura,
    My one experience skiing in the Australian Alps was so much fun. It’s on my bucket list to try again, but in the meantime, I would really enjoy reading about Halley and Matt’s romance on the ski slopes of the French Alps. Wishing you great success with your latest book. Happy Christmas!

  3. Mary Preston permalink
    23 December 2018 9:19 am

    Merry Christmas!!

    With the the temperatures soaring here the French Alps sound ideal. “The Millionaire Mountain Climber” sounds like a read I will enjoy, especially now. Bring on the snow.

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